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A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | March 24

by Kelly Lynch-Stange   |   Mar 24, 2017
Take Note | Connect-Ed (Sam Yates | KCPT)

There's plenty to keep up with on the education front, from K-12 curricula to preparing for college to school choice and discipline. The Take Note team is here to cut through some of the noise and bring you relevant, reliable and impactful information on the ever-changing landscape of education. 


 

In this report from KQED, one researcher believes that poor kids do better when they attend school with more affluent peers. In addition, his research shows that middle-class students tend to do as well academically in economically-mixed schools.

 

How Socioeconomic Diversity In Schools Helps All Students

"Millions of poor, disadvantaged students are trapped in failing schools." So said President Trump at the White House recently. It's a familiar lament across the political spectrum, so much so that you could almost give it its own acronym : PKTIFS (Poor Kids Trapped In Failing Schools).

 

NPR ED looks at school suspension rates and focuses on new data that shows black and Hispanic students are far more likely to be suspended and expelled from school. But what happens to those students later on?

 

School Suspensions Have Plunged: We Don't Yet Know If That's Good News

We are in the midst of a quiet revolution in school discipline. In the past five years, 27 states have revised their laws with the intention of reducing suspensions and expulsions. And, more than 50 of America's largest school districts have also reformed their discipline policies - changes which collectively affect more than 6.35 million students.

 

The Washington Post explores the ways in which children learn and how some students may benefit from more movement during the school day.

 

Analysis | The consequences of forcing young kids to sit too long in class

On July 8, 2014, I published a post titled "Why so many kids can't sit still in school today" by Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist. Ever since then, the idea has struck a chord with readers around the world, still drawing a big audience along with some of the follow-up pieces Hanscom wrote.

 

Schools may not settle for minimal educational progress by disabled students, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, rejecting a standard that some lower courts have applied. Neil M. Gorsuch has been criticized for using the standard; the New York Times explores what happens now.

 

Supreme Court Rejects Education Minimum Applied by Gorsuch

WASHINGTON - Schools may not settle for minimal educational progress by disabled students, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, rejecting a standard that some lower courts have applied, and that the nominee to join the high court, Neil M. Gorsuch, has been criticized for using.

 

NPR explores the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District and how the Supreme Court ruled in the case, which centered on a child with autism and attention deficit disorder, whose parents removed him from public school and sued to compel the school district to pay his private school tuition.

 

The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student

School districts must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, "appropriately ambitious" progress, the Supreme Court said Wednesday in an 8-0 ruling. The decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District could have far-reaching implications for the 6.5 million students with disabilities in the United States.

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